Chinese saying:山穷水尽疑无路,柳暗花明又一村 There is a way out

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Shān qióng shuǐ jìn yí wú lù, liǔ’àn huā míng yòu yī cūn

 There is a way out; every cloud has a silver lining


ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 shān mountain; hill  
2 qióng to exhaust  
3 shuǐ water; river  
4 jìn to use up; to exhaust; to end; to finish; to the utmost; exhausted; finished; to the limit (of sth)  
5 山穷水尽 山窮水盡 shānqióngshuǐ jìn mountain and river exhausted (idiom); at the end of the line; nowhere to go  
6 to doubt  
7 not to have; no; none; not; to lack; un-; -less  
8 road; Classifiers:   
9 liǔ willow  
10 àn dark; gloomy; hidden  
11 huā flower; blossom; Classifiers:   
12 míng bright  
13 yòu (once) again  
14 one; 1  
15 cūn village; variant of 

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This saying is from a well-known poem “You Shan Xi Cun”《游山西村》 written by Lu You.

Have you ever experienced a moment where you were faced with the most difficult situation in your life, you thought there was no way out, yet you unexpectedly discovered that it has opened the door for other opportunities in life? This Chinese saying encourages us to always look for a silver lining and never lose hope.

Yes, a crisis can be turned into an opportunity!

天无绝人之路 tiān wú jué rén zhī lù(There is always a way out–Heaven never seals off all the exits. Heaven will always leave a door open)–不管怎么样,上天总会给人出路。不要放弃希望。(No matter what, there is always a way out. Don’t lose hope.)

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 tiān day; sky; heaven  
2 not to have; no; none; not; to lack; un-; -less  
3 jué to cut short; extinct; to disappear; to vanish  
4 rén man; person; people; Classifiers:   
5 zhī (possessive particle, literary equivalent of  )  
6 road; Classifiers:   
7 天无绝人之路 天無絕人之路 tiān jué rénzhī  Heaven never bars one’s way (idiom); don’t despair and you will find a way through.; Never give up hope

Character Worksheet for Tian wu jue ren zhi lu (PDF)



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